Maximum Course Load - A graduate student may not enroll for more than 12 graduate
semester hours in a regular term of 15 weeks or more (or 3 hours in the summer term on the Plainview campus) without the approval of the provost/academic vice president. A graduate student may not enroll for more than 9 graduate semester hours in a regular term at the external campuses without the approval of the associate vice president for external campuses and graduate studies.

A student enrolled in nine semester hours in Plainview or six semester hours at Wayland's external campuses is considered full-time. A student concurrently enrolled in three semester hours in Plainview and three semester hours at an external campus is considered half-time. A student enrolled for three semester hours in a five or six-week term at an external campus is considered full-time. For VA purposes three hours is considered 3/4 time at external campuses.

An external campus student enrolled concurrently in three semester hours in a five or six week term and three semester hours in an 11-week term is considered full-time for the six
weeks in which he or she is attending class three times per week, and is considered three-quarter time for the remaining six weeks in which the student is attending class once per week.


Leveling Courses - Every master's degree program is based on the assumption that the
participating student possesses a general college education through the baccalaureate level. Accordingly, the first prerequisite for the entering student is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (or, for international and special students, proof of equivalent training). In some instances, the Graduate Admissions Committee may require a student to strengthen undergraduate knowledge and abilities or meet specific program prerequisites by transcript evidence, course enrollment, or examination. Such requirements must be completed before the student enrolls in the course for which the requirements are prerequisite.

If a student without adequate preparation wishes to enter a particular graduate program,
leveling courses as prescribed by the Graduate Admissions Committee will be imposed as a degree requirement. These courses will be in addition to the 36 hours (or more) required for the master's degree itself. Leveling courses are not used in calculating graduate GPA. A student must earn a grade no lower than "C" in any required leveling work. Leveling work completed by a non-degree student must have a grade no lower than "C" to satisfy graduate degree requirements. In accordance with University undergraduate policy (see Credit by Examination in the undergraduate section of this catalog) a student may satisfy leveling requirements by examination.

Examination scores, from sources such as CLEP or DANTES, used to meet any leveling
requirement will not be posted to the graduate level transcript. A graduate course cannot serve as both a leveling requirement and a graduate elective. Leveling is a firm requirement of the graduate program. Wayland will not accept graduate transfer credit from other institutions unless leveling or prerequisite coursework has been satisfactorily completed.

Transfer Credit - Degree candidates may satisfy a maximum of 12 graduate semester
hours with approved courses transferred from another institution. To transfer credit from other institutions, a student must submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered and maybe required to submit a catalog description of the course from the institution where the course was taken. The appropriate academic school dean, and the associate vice president for external campuses and graduate studies must approve transfer credit.

Any course accepted by transfer will carry credit but not grade-point value. Moreover, to
transfer credit, the student must have earned a grade of B or higher on the course. Transfer work must be received and evaluated for credit at least 30 days prior to the student's designated date of graduation. To satisfy degree requirements, transfer credit must not be more than seven years old at the time of graduation and must not have satisfied undergraduate degree requirements at the institution of origin.

Correspondence courses and military educational experience (A.C.E. credit) are not
accepted for graduate credit.

Portfolio Experience - The university does not award graduate credit for portfolio-based
experiential learning. Graduate field experiences which are included as a part of the official degree program must be completed under the direction of university faculty in the student's field of study.

Advanced Standing Examinations - Advanced standing examinations will not be
accepted for graduate credit.

Topics Courses
- Topics courses emphasize research and case studies dealing with current issues. Such courses may be taken as a class or, with prior approval (see Directed Study) as an individual project. Graduate students may repeat a topics course once for credit as the course topic changes. No more than six hours of topics coursework may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

Directed Study Courses - Directed study courses may be offered when special circumstances or scheduling conflicts indicate their need. A directed study is any type of study which is conducted under the supervision of a full-time graduate faculty member. The course must not be concurrently scheduled. Credit hours will be awarded for each directed study course as listed in the catalog for regularly scheduled classes. The student must initiate all directed study, and a written summary must be submitted to the dean of the school for approval, prior to the academic term for which credit was sought. The student should submit a written request to the Copyright and school dean during the advisement period. The school dean and the associate vice president for external campuses and graduate studies must grant approval prior to enrollment. The student and faculty member will work out the format of each course and will adhere to the following standards:

  1. No student may take more than one three-semester hour directed study
    course per academic term; and no more than six hours of directed study may
    be applied to a graduate degree.
  2. The student's schedule must allow for an average of three hours of work per
    week per semester hour, including time spent in meeting with the professor.
    Meetings must be documented and submitted to the school dean at the end
    of the academic term.
  3. A clearly written understanding must be established between the student and
    professor concerning the objectives of the study, procedures, reading, written
    work, travel, and means of evaluation. A written summary of this agreement
    must be submitted to the school dean prior to enrollment in the course.
  4. Additional requirements may be imposed by the academic school.